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Things to Do

Jan. 19, 2010

Businesses collecting used boots for less fortunate

Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp, 4170 North Port Washington Road, Glendale, has launched The Big Boot Recruit to collect gently used boots to donate to the Salvation Army. The public is invited to drop off boots at a variety of locations through January.

Boots can be of all types and sizes - work boots, hiking boots, women's, men's and children's rain boots and snow boots.

The public can check the Web site, MilwaukeeBootCamp.com, for drop-off sites that include the following: Oakcrest Tavern, 4022 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood; The Athlete's Foot, 8757 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point; Elite Nutrition, 10916 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon; InStep Physical Therapy & Performance Footwear, 1516 W. Mequon Road, Mequon; Shop, 1918 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood; Einstein Bagels, 4301 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood; B'Tween Friends 2223 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood; InStep Running & Walking Center, 403 E. Buffalo St., Third Ward, Milwaukee; and Performance Running, 2205 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield.

Duck stamp art comes to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Bayside - The winners of the 2009 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Art contest will be on display in the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Great Hall through Feb. 26.

The winning pictures represent the best from over 600 submissions. Students range in age from 7 years old to high school students.

The art work is judged in four age classes.

The Junior Duck Stamp program is sponsored by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It is the only art contest sponsored by the federal government. The goals are to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to America's youth. You will be amazed at the exquisite detail and true-to-life rendition of the birds.

This event is free and open to the public. SANC is located at 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

Shorewood Players present Wilder's 'Our Town'

Shorewood - The Shorewood Players present "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play will be performed at the Shorewood Auditorium, Oakland and Capitol. Tickets can be ordered by going to the Players' Web site at ShorewoodPlayers.org or by calling (414) 737-3421.

"Our Town" is also a fundraiser for Gilda's Club Southeastern Wisconsin. A key message in the play is the importance of a supportive community when one faces a life challenge. Gilda's Club is a free cancer support community for anyone living with cancer, their families and friends. Educational programs, emotional support, networking and social activities are all offered by Gilda's Club at no cost. Gilda's Club is located in the heart of Shorewood within a non-clinical, home-like setting.

Bay Players present interactive who-done-it

Whitefish Bay - The Bay Players will present the mystery, "Rehearsal For Murder," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The play, adapted for the stage by D.D. Brooks, from a TV play by Richard Levinson and William Link, is directed by Raymond Bradford.

This "theatrical who-done-it" has the actual theater become the set, and the actors, producer and director may not be who they seem. As the plot twists, the audience becomes part of the play. Who, indeed, done it?

The production is at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. For information, call the hotline at (414) 299-904 or go to the Web site, thebayplayers.com.

Kids From Wisconsin to hold auditions

Applications are now being accepted for positions in the 2010 Kids From Wisconsin. Completed forms must be received by Friday to be eligible for live auditions scheduled for Feb. 5-7.

Kids From Wisconsin is a summer musical performing troupe that travels throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. The program is an excellent learning experience for anyone interested in professional performance in the fields of dance, instrumental and vocal music. About 33 positions are open for dancers, vocalists and band members. Qualified males and females between the ages of 15 and 20, regardless of race, color, handicap or national origin are eligible to apply.

Each June, a new and exciting stage performance created by a professional artistic staff is taught during an intense 17-day camp. During the following 10 weeks, Kids From Wisconsin tours the state and Midwest performing nearly 70 fully staged performances including daily appearances at Wisconsin State Fair.

Applications are available from all public and private high school music directors, on the Kids Web site at kidsfromwisconsin.com or may be requested by contacting the Kids office at (414) 266-7067.

Klucarich to speak on Stars and Stripes Honor Flight

Brown Deer - Joe Klucarich will speak and show a video on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program. Klucarich, along with 64 World War II veterans, flew to visit the war memorials in Washington D.C. in November. The Brown Deer Historical Society is opening the free program to the general public at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Tri-City National Bank, 4295 W. Bradley Road.

Visit Mark Twain at the Weyenberg Library

Mequon - The Frank L. Weyenberg Library and the Weyenberg Public Library Foundation present A Visit with Mark Twain, starring Dave Ehlert, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28. A Visit with Mark Twain has been a Branson, Mo., favorite for many years, and can now be seen here.

Featuring hilarious comedy, timeless humor and nostalgic images, this award-winning portrayal of Mark Twain will transform the library into Hannibal, Mo., for a heartwarming look at life through the eyes of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

The Fine Arts Series is made possible by a generous donation from the Weyenberg Public Library Foundation. All Fine Arts Series events are free and open to all members of the public.

This performance will take place in the library's rotunda and is recommended for families and adults. Regular library services will be suspended at 6 p.m. the day of the performance.

No advanced registration is required for this free program.

For information, contact the library at (262)242-2593, or by e-mail at community@flwlib.org.

The Library is located at 11345 North Cedarburg Road, in Mequon.

Church to sponsor family fun night at Logemann Center

Mequon - Bridges - A Church for the Community presents a free evening of fun including a Wii sports tournament, board games, pingpong, pool and snacks from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Logemann Community Center, 6100 West Mequon Road. For information, contact churchforthecommunity.com or call (262) 825-3224.

Tartan Ball to raise funds for school foundation

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation will sponsor the annual Tartan Ball beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Pfister Hotel. The event raised more than $120,000 last year on behalf of the children in the MTSD.

Jennifer Zoeller, Kris Worthington and Liz Graumann who are chairing ball, have added several exciting new events, including the use of hand-held bidding devices for the silent auction and a competition with fifth-grade students from the district's three elementary school, a contest entitled "Smarter than a fifth-grader." There will also be an Art Gallery displaying work from student artists, community projects and entries from local galleries that will all be available for purchase.

Invitations to the Tartan Ball have been sent to families in the school district. They can also be found at any of the Mequon-Thiensville Public School offices. Everyone is encouraged to attend and support the schools. Proceeds from the Tartan Ball benefit the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation.

Established in 1998, the mission of the MTEF is to develop community-wide financial support for the MTSD, and through grants, to support continued excellence in education. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded close to $1.7 million in grants to help ensure that the district advances in technology, curriculum and personnel during this fiscally challenging period.

For more information on the foundation and the Tartan Ball visit the Foundation's Web site mtef.org.

Yoga Center offers a chance to try out yoga

Shorewood - The Milwaukee Yoga Center's annual Yoga Festival is Jan. 31 with free classes designed for those new to yoga and also for those with experience. Classes will be held from 1 to 2 and from 3 to 4 p.m. with an open house and free music following the classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

MYC is located at 3514 N. Oakland Ave.

Call (414) 332-3551 for information.

AARP Foundation offers income tax help

Free tax help is offered at the Whitefish Bay and Shorewood libraries. The Whitefish Bay site, 5420 N.Marlborough Drive, will be open every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning Feb.3 and running through April 14. This is a walk-in program, with taxpayers helped on a first-come basis.

The Shorewood program runs by appointment-only on Thursday afternoons at the library, 3920 N. Murray Ave. Appointments are made by calling the Shorewood Health Department, (414) 847-2710.

This TaxAide program is funded by the AARP Foundation, with support from the IRS and is available to taxpayers of all ages. The program cannot offer assistance with certain less common returns, such as those involving rental real estate, married-filing-separately status, military and other complex issues.

There is no income limitation.

Holy Family Parish School to hold used book sale

Whitefish Bay - Holy Family Parish School is holding a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 6 and 7 in the school cafeteria, 4849 N. Wildwood Ave. The extensive offerings include children's books, novels, cookbooks, nonfiction, travel, self-help, spiritual and more. Remarkable finds, best sellers, hard covers and soft covers are all available, and all at great prices, too.

Profits will benefit the school and The Next Door Foundation.

Holy Family is located at 4849 N. Wildwood Ave. Parking is available in the lot west of the school. For information, call Chelsea Holton at (414) 247-0965, or the school office at (414) 332-8175.

Natural Landscapes Conference to be held at Concordia University

Mequon -The 30th annual Natural Landscapes Conference, developed around the Wisconsin Legislature's declaration of 2010 as the "Year of the Niagara Escarpment," which recognizes this unique geological resource that runs 230 miles from the eastern edge of Horicon Marsh to the tip of Door County, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Concordia University, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, on Feb. 13.

Keynote speaker Roger Kunz will explore the escarpment on a journey back into time to examine its many amazing natural history aspects - including the geology, geography, climate, ecosystems, water, caves, botany and fossils of the region.

A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. Register on or before Feb. 8. The cost is $30. After Feb. 8 and at the door, the cost is $35; students with an ID cost $20. Vendors, exhibitors, nonprofits and educational organizations are also invited to reserve a booth at the conference.

Contact the Milwaukee Audubon Society at (414) 352-2437 or visit the Web site at www.milwaukeeaudubon.org for more information, or mail conference inquires to Milwaukee Audubon Society Registrations, 111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside, WI 53217.

Police Department holds next Citizens Police Academy

Mequon - The Police Department. is holding its next Citizens Police Academy starting March 4.

The academy, which is free, meets for six Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

This program helps educate residents on how police officers do their jobs and serve their community, and how important and critical civilian involvement is in aiding those services.

Most classes involve "role playing and scenarios" with students experiencing topics including the detection of illegal drugs, operating while intoxicated, traffic stops, simulations of room clearing, the use of a Taser and canine Officer Vero doing his job.

In addition, they are given the opportunity to qualify on a firearms range directed by the department's trained firearms instructor.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people who must be 18 or older and residents of Mequon or Thiensville or employees working in those communities.

Applications are available at Mequon Police Department, 11300 N. Buntrock Ave., Mequon.

For information, contact Sgt. Patrick Pryor at ppryor@ci.mequon.wi.us or call (262) 242-3500.

Holocaust youth essay contest accepting entries

Whitefish Bay - With every passing day, the Holocaust becomes a more distant memory, but not any less important in a modern world of change. As yet another way to ensure younger generations "never forget," a Holocaust Youth Essay Contest has begun accepting entries. The topic this year is: "Choose an example of survival, resistance or rescue from the Holocaust that has an impact on you. Explain how it influences the way you behave in the world to day. Be sure to give historical details of your examples in your essay."

The essay contest is open to all students in grades seven to nine (Division I) and 10 to 12 (Division II).

Only essay form entries will be accepted. Entries cannot exceed 1,200 words and must represent the independent effort of the writer. Essays must be typed or printed, double-spaced, on one side of the paper only. They will be judged on originality, content and quality of expression.

The essay must be accompanied by a title page containing the following information: student's name, home address, telephone number and e-mail; name of school, address, telephone number, teacher's name and the grade. No pages in the essay should include their name or any family names or personal identification.

Entries must be postmarked no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and mailed to: Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, WI, 53217, Attn: Judges.

The top two winners in each division will win a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Their school will receive a book.

The awards winners will be announced and presented at 2 p.m. April 11 at the communitywide Yom Hashoah Commemoration (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The Holocaust Youth Essay Contest is sponsored by the Habush Family Foundation and is a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. For information please call Dorene Paley, Director Community Services, at (414) 967-8217 or at dpaley@jccmilwaukee.org.

Kathleen Eggert artwork on display at Anaba Tea Room

Shorewood - A self-taught artist, Kathleen Eggert has developed her own techniques for firing enamels on glass for more than 20 years. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Corning Museum.

Kathleen's works are sandblast carved from half-inch or thicker plate glass panels, and layers of powdered enamels are applied in multiple firings to achieve luminous color of great depth. Individual pieces also may include fired gold or applied metal leaf and sandblast etching.

The display can be seen at Anaba Tea Room, located in the lower level of Garden Room, 2107 East Capitol Drive.

Anaba is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For information, contact Doug McDonald at the Garden Room at (414)963-1657.

Shorewood flea market seeks vendors

Shorewood - The sixth annual Shorewood Community Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at the Shorewood Village Center in the basement of the Shorewood Library, 3920 N. Murray Avenue.

Vendors can rent a table for $15. No clothes will be accepted. Past vendors have sold items such as plants, knitting wool, books, vases, small appliances and knickknacks.

For information and to rent a table, prospective vendors should contact Elizabeth Price, director of the Shorewood Senior Center, at (414) 847-2727.

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